Modern technology is changing the way car repairs are done largely by replacing the grease and mess with high tech components. Staying current on technology and trends is vital for any mechanic or DIY car owner. Here are seven auto repair techniques that can save your time:

  1. The Raspberry Pi
    It is a $35 custom computer for DIY lovers. Program it to do just about anything you want. If you know how to code or are interested in learning to speed up things like diagnostics, this is the way to go.

  2. Cars Are Becoming WiFi Hotspots
    This innovation would mean car updates can be done anywhere at any time. While many dealers aren’t willing to take the risks associated with owners handling their own updates, companies like Tesla are giving owners that option.

  3. Aluminum, the Frame for Newer Cars
    While it is lighter and greener, aluminum cannot be repaired like steel and older body types. Damaged panels must be replaced, not fixed, so keeping aluminum welding equipment and riveting tools on hand will speed up the process.

  4. Ameliorated Reality
    Google Glass can help navigate through all of the wires and sensors without having to get into them. Using the glasses, you can safely scan for the potential problems.

  5. Use of 3D Printing
    One of the most fascinating possibilities is the use of 3D printing. This could allow you to print the broken piece, as long as you can afford the print and have the know-how to work it.

  6. Research for Recurring Problems
    Keep a track on types of problems that are common for your particular car or cars. This can help you prepare when you start to have problems or hear strange noises in your car.

  7. Know Your Limits
    If you aren’t sure, take it to a shop. This not only saves your time, but also a lot of money.